Tenn. cop forms partnership with 4-year-old boy

Sgt. Justin Vinson has formed a partnership with 4-year-old Sawyer, who helps him direct afternoon traffic

By PoliceOne Staff

NEWPORT, Tenn. — A Tennessee police officer who has been on the job for more than a decade has now found a young partner to help him direct traffic.

WRCB-TV reports that Cocke County Sgt. Justin Vinson has formed a partnership with 4-year-old Sawyer. The young boy is responsible for helping Vinson put out traffic cones and even use his whistle as he directs afternoon traffic.

Allison Schimming, Sawyer’s mother, said she bought her son a police costume last Halloween and that one of his dreams is to become a police officer, WATE reports. He took it upon himself to direct traffic from his yard. That’s when he formed a bond with Vinson.

Sawyer practices traffic enforcement on pretend traffic as Vinson directs real drivers. The two have grown close ever since they formed their partnership.

"Honestly, I'm just doing my job. And, you know, if someone can look up to me, because you never know who may be looking up to you, to give them that guidance," Sergeant Vinson said.  "To give them that hope. And if I can be a role model to somebody-- it makes me happy knowing that I can be."


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